SLIPKNOT LIVE @ SONISPHERE. STEVE MORSE ON REPLACING RITCHIE BLACKMORE. NEW ANTHRAX BEING MASTERED!
Fan-filmed HD video footage of SLIPKNOT‘s June 24, 2011 performance at the Sonisphere festival in Basel, Switzerland can be seen below.
The band’s setlist was as follows:
03. Wait and Bleed
04. The Blister Exists
06. Before I Forget
07. Pulse Of The Maggots
10. The Heretic Anthem
12. Spit It Out
13. People = Shit
SLIPKNOT played its first headlining show since the death of bassist Paul Gray on June 21 at Columbiahalle in Berlin, Germany. As was the case with the band’s appearances at the Sonisphere festivals in Greece and Turkey, Gray‘s red jumpsuit, mask and bass guitar stood at the back of the stage while his bandmates performed. The rest of the group’s members donned red
jumpsuits and older versions of their trademark masks from SLIPKNOT‘s earlier days, in tribute to their fallen bandmate.
SLIPKNOT percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan told The Pulse Of Radio recently that Gray would somehow still be part of the band’s show. “Just because he’s gone, does that mean I have to take him out of the scenario and the answer is no,” he said. “He will a part of SLIPKNOT‘s stage, he will be a part of SLIPKNOT‘s music, he will be a part of everything that we do for the rest of our lives. And he wants me artistically to bring him in, some twisted, maybe even demented way into the show.”
Playing bass for the band is Donnie Steele, who was the guitarist in an early incarnation of the group. Steele, however, is hidden from the audience’s view.
Gray passed away in May 2010 from an accidental overdose of drugs, leaving behind his wife Brenna and daughter October, who
was born the following August.
Joe Bosso of MusicRadar.com recently conducted an interview with DEEP PURPLE guitarist Steve Morse. A couple of excerpts from the chat
MusicRadar.com: You’re now the longest-serving guitarist in DEEP PURPLE history. Did you go into it thinking it would be a career gig? Also, did you have any trepidation stepping into the shoes of Ritchie Blackmore?
Morse: “I have been through something like this before when I replaced Kerry Livgren in KANSAS, so I was sort of prepared for what the experience would entail. You go in knowing that a certain percentage of fans will just hate it, no matter how well you play or what you do. A lot of fans like a band only one way; another guy comes in, they don’t like it. It doesn’t matter who it is, what songs they write, or even if they’re better than the guy that came before — some fans will just fold their arms and go, ‘I don’t like it.’ I understand that. Still, when I joined DEEP PURPLE, it was a chance for me to really bring something to the table. As a fan of the band, I felt as though they needed something. They did the organ and
the keyboards thing really well, but with the guitar stuff, a lot of which was blues based — and I realize that’s their meat and potatoes — I felt like there needed some stepping up, a different kind of attitude. Actually, I did have some trepidation. They asked me to join the band, but I’d never even seen them play live. They played all over the world, but they didn’t play a lot in America. I didn’t know what they’d be like, whether they were a band just living of their name and not into new ideas – all those things. So my manager, Frank Solomon, set it up with DEEP PURPLE‘s manager that I would play four shows with the band. That way, it was an easy get-out-of-jail arrangement on both sides if we were unhappy. I didn’t know what to expect, but during my first rehearsal with the band, which was only a couple of hours before we were supposed to do a gig, I was blown away by how great they were. I think we were all surprised at how good things sounded and how easy the chemistry was. Within
an hour, we were laughing and slapping one another on the backs going, ‘All right, this is gonna work!'”
MusicRadar.com: Tell me something, have you ever had any contact with Ritchie Blackmore? Has he commented on your playing?
Morse: “I’ve had no contact with him, but he has made some comments which I thought were remarkably…restrained. He’s certainly had perfect opportunities to say whatever he wants, negative or otherwise. I realize I could be one giant target for him. And not just Ritchie, but for many, many fans out there. There’s still lots of people who want the band to be the original guys. I understand all of that. But I’m really relieved that he
hasn’t said anything harsh about me. The most he ever said, and I’m paraphrasing, is something like, ‘This guy plays very well and does a lot of
different things. I’m not sure if he’s right for DEEP PURPLE…’ He said something to that effect. But you know, how can anybody replace Ritchie
Blackmore in DEEP PURPLE? You can’t. All you can do is come in, do what you do and change the band here and there. You can’t be a clone…and you’re shouldn’t. What Ritchie did has been done. I do what I do. There you go!”
Read the entire interview from MusicRadar.com.
We’ve worked so hard on this over the last year and to hear it finished is huge!”“Fight ‘Em ‘Til You Can’t”, a brand new song from ANTHRAX, can be streamed using the SoundCloud player below. The track is also available for free download at this location.Not only is “Worship Music” ANTHRAX‘s first studio release in eight years, but the album marks the return of vocalist Joey Belladonna, whose last full-length studio work with the band was 1990’s “Persistence of Time”. Belladonna is now firmly back in the ANTHRAX lineup with drummer Charlie Benante, guitarists Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano, and bassist Frank Bello.The 11-track “Worship Music” was produced by ANTHRAX, Rob Caggiano and Jay Ruston and recorded over a four-year period at studios in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Belladonna‘s return to the band prompted some of the songs originally recorded to be re-crafted with fresh lyrics or tweaked to better suit his overall vibe and energy. Some of the songs were completely replaced with brand-new songs and, of course, all have Belladonna‘s inimitable vocal stamp on them.
“Worship Music” is loaded with stand-out tracks. While “Judas Priest” is a nod to the huge influence that band has had on the members of ANTHRAX and metal heads everywhere. “I’m Alive” is beautiful and grand with a build that demands audience participation. “Crawl” is dark and moody, and filled with a lot of the emotion and stress the band was feeling when it was written. “Fight ’em ’til You Can’t” is a song about killing zombies, and who doesn’t love a good zombie song? It’s the one new track that ANTHRAX has played live since they started touring with Belladonna a year ago, and has been getting tremendous audience response. The song “Earth on Hell” is classic ANTHRAX thrash. “The Devil You Know” is best-described as “an AC/DC groove filtered through an ANTHRAX lens,” while “In The End” is epic-sounding and ANTHRAX‘s way of remembering the late Ronnie James Dio and Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott.
“Fight ‘Em ‘Til You Can’t”audio stream: